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Enchanting guest house nestled in a canyon!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house with spectacular garden and canyon views

This charming guest house offers a unique experience in one of San Diego's finest historic, neighborhood of Mission Hills which is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Our enchanting garden guest house is found at the end of a cul de sac and sits on one of Mission Hills' gorgeous canyons. It is attached to the main house yet is completely private and separate. There is a private entrance on the side of the main house, and there is always plenty of on-street parking. This retreat offers a unique garden that promises to enchant and make you feel as though you are on a tranquil oasis. Here you can enjoy a gorgeous pool and jacuzzi surrounded by a lush garden. The wildlife is vibrant and you will be accompanied by hummingbirds buzzing about, mocking birds, finches, red-tail hawks flying overhead, and our beloved resident great horned owls! The living room and master bedroom open up to a lovely private patio where you can enjoy the gorgeous canyon that the house sits on.

Mission Hills is a wonderful neighborhood to go for a walk or a jog. If you are an architecture enthusiast you will enjoy various genres. Architectural styles from 1908 through World War II are represented in this district including: Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Mission Revival, Dutch Colonial, Greek Revival, Prairie Style, English Tudor and others. Several Master Architects also built in this area, including: Emmor Brooke Weaver, Nathan Rigdon, David Owen Dryden, Richard Requa, William Hebbard and others. You will be within walking distance to Mission Hills restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops. It is also within walking distance to the famous Old Town area where the trolley is also located, Presidio park where there is a replica of one of the 21 California Missions, and Pioneer Park where you can enjoy a great playground and huge grassy area if you have children or not! Other San Diego attractions are all with 10-15 minutes with it’s easy freeway access and no traffic ever within Mission Hills. (Without a doubt one of the pluses to being in this neighborhood.) The interstate 5 and 8 are 5 minutes away. The airport, Littly Italy, Downtown & Gaslamp District, World famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco Park, the Harbor, Seaport Village, Coronado, Mission Bay and other beaches, Fashion and Mission Valley shopping centers, and golf courses are ALL within 15 minutes. La Jolla, North County, Torrey Pines golf course, Del Mar Racetrack, Legoland, and Safari Park are about 20-30 minutes away. If you are interested in heading south the border crossing is only 15 minutes away. As mentioned before regardless of your agenda everything is perfectly accessible from this location.

This quaint guest house is fully furnished and equipped to make your stay comfortable and cozy as if you were in your own home. It has a fully equipped kitchen that includes a double induction stove top, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker, and the basic cooking materials such as flour, olive oil, spices, sugar, coffee, & tea. The crown jewel of this home is the master bedroom of this guest house. It is enveloped in glass windows which gives you the sensation you are in a tree house. It overlooks the vegetable garden and out into the canyon. There are high quality linens for both the bed and sofa-bed.

The colorful living room is ample yet cozy and comes fully stocked with all the necessary amenitites: large flat screen TV, wireless broadband internet, DVD player and movies, books, magazines, stereo, and a pull-out sofa bed. It is inviting for get togethers, movie nights, or curling up to read a good book. There is a large library where you will find an array from which to choose from.

This home is designed to showcase the garden which is shared with the main house and it offers an array of activities. It is our pride and joy so you will be sure to enjoy all it has to offer. The jacuzzi is perfect for that evening glass of wine after enjoying a romantic dinner. There is wonderful BBQ area that has a bar where you can sit and sip a margarita, a dinning table with chairs to enjoy a delicious meal, a fire pit to sit around on those unusual chilly nights. You may want to get some exercise in and do a few laps in the pool or just float and soak in the serenity of this oasis. If you are a meditator or feel inspired to try it there is just the spot for you under the ficus tree in this specially designed meditation nook with its own buddha looking over you. Pull up a lounge chair with a good book, or go for a walk in the fruit tree orchard and see what’s in bloom! Regardless of what time of year you want to come, maybe you are a snowbird seeking some vitamin D, or just want a different setting other than a dull hotel room on your business trip, or want to explore San Diego We promise to treat you well, as this home is our sanctuary. You may find that you want to just retreat into this serene environment or explore the many places that San Diego has to offer. Either way we are sure you will want to make this a yearly pilgrimage!

We are native to San Diego and take pride in hosting so please call on us to help you design the perfect experience in the country’s finest city! This is a non-smoking environment. Email is the best form of contact or call us with requests for additional photos and any questions so we can help you begin planning your wonderful San Diego getaway.

More Details

Owner
Maria Helene Kraul
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Maria Helene Kraul

My name is Maria Helene, I grew up in this house, went to school in this neighborhood, and currently live here. I am an avid gardener and lover of nature!

Maria Helene Kraul purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Maria Helene Kraul chose San Diego

This is a beautiful ranch-style home nestled in one of Mission Hills' canyons. It overlooks part of Presidio Park and one of the San Diego Missions. I am a long-time resident of Mission Hills. I love my neighborhood and the city of San Diego. I feel privileged to open my home with guests and feel eager to share what I consider to be an oasis of peace within my small natural preserve!

What makes this cottage unique

This guest house is attached to the main house yet it is completely private. It sits at the end of a cul de sac therefore it is very private and quiet. The jewel and asset of this property is the garden. Here you can walk amongst fruit trees, sit under a large ficus and watch hummingbirds bath, watch red-tail hawks fly above, if your lucky you may spot great horned owls as they fly out over the canyon at dusk.

Amenities

Old Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom overlooks the canyon and opens up to a patio which sits on the canyon.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Just a few extra things to consider... 1. There is only one car allowed per reservation 2. Only the amount of people requested per reservation are permitted to stay, NO EXTRA GUESTS. There will be a deduction from security deposit if not honored. 3. No parties or gatherings are allowed 4.CHECK OUT IS AT 9:00AM AND CHECK IN IS AT 3:00PM. We can be flexible with this, but If there are guests checking out the same day as guest checking in, the check-in is at 4:30pm and there are no exceptions made.

Reviews

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Enchanting guest house nestled in a canyon!
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
Birmingham, AL
5

Our favorite place to stay in San Diego!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently enjoyed our second stay at the Casita in June, 2017.

We love staying here! The accommodations consist of a lovely living room with large screen TV and sound system, bedroom with expansive windows and a private patio. There is a small dining area and kitchenette that is well stocked with items needed for simple cooking. We did not cook preferring to dine out at SD's varied restaurants.The casita is very comfortable, nicely decorated and well maintained. The bed linens and bath linens are of good quality. The entrance to the guest casita is separate from the main house providing a private feel. Street parking is easy.

The most delightful feature of the guesthouse is that there is access to an absolutely lovely pool area and large, beautiful garden. These outdoor features are priceless.

The home is perfectly situated in Mission hills adjacent to the Presidio in a very central part of the city. The famous SD Zoo, Balboa Park and Old Town are an easy drive or ride share away. There are many fine restaurants in Mission Hills and nearby Hillcrest. The location near the harbor ensures comfortable temperatures on all but the hottest days. The accommodations do not include AC but we noticed space heaters, which we did not use.

Maria Helene is very pleasant to work with. If you are lucky you will meet her mother, Rosalba, who is the gracious owner of the home and the master gardener.

We often stay at places we find on Home Away. The casita is our favorite find.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Awesome place that's close to everything San Diego has to offer.

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and private with beautiful gardens. Owner is personable and attentive.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Portland, OR
5

Amazing Guest House

  • 5 of 5

This was the nicest rental house we have ever stayed in! The guest house was part of a beautiful larger house/estate and exquisite garden tucked up into the scenic and very high-end mission hills neighborhood. It felt like we were the honored house guests of an elegant, European family with access to their beautiful gardens and estate, rather than renters. Everything was beautifully appointed and so comfortable and luxurious, whether it was the All Clad cookware, the quality bedding, the immaculate bathroom, the well stocked library, the STUNNING gardens, pool, hot tub, view...I could go on and on. Maria Helena was so warm and communicative. We felt so welcome and comfortable right away. We came to San Diego with our 8 month old baby for a quick Spring break trip and this rental property became the highlight of our trip. Waking up here every morning was like waking up in The Secret Garden. It was relaxing and magical. If you have the chance, you should stay here!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful property well off the beaten track.

  • 3 of 5

quiet, secluded and quaint. Although you could walk to Old Town it is a long walk on narrow streets without side walks. Up hill all the way back. The weather was a bit cool while we were there and we found the guest house cold as it shares the furnace with the main house which is above the guest house and heat rises. I think renting in the summer would be much better with this property as one would more likely use the pool and deck.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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College Station
5

Lovely oasis in a central location

  • 5 of 5

Staying in our casita in Mission Hills was truly one of the highlights of our vacation in San Diego! Everything was as described - immaculate, comfortable and well-stocked. The view from the bedroom is, of course, the highlight - as other reviewers have mentioned - but we also enjoyed browsing the library, admiring the artwork, sipping wine on the patio, and taking daily tours of the fabulous gardens.

Maria Helene and her family were such gracious and helpful hosts, while still giving us a feeling of complete privacy. The property and surrounding neighborhood is a delight to explore for gardeners and lovers of architecture alike. The location is central to all of the major attractions of the area, with most things between 10 - 30 minutes drive away.

We will definitely recommend a stay here to friends, and hope to have the chance to return in the future for another relaxing stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memphis, TN
5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, beautiful neighborhood, beautiful city. My wife and I recently spent our 35th wedding anniversary in San Diego and stayed at this "enchanting guest house nestled in a canyon".and could not have been more pleased with our decision.The gardens, the pool, the fountains, the hummingbirds, the books, the sheets, the decor all made for a very relaxing, pleasant stay. Also, the hosts could not have been more hospitable and accommodating. We will base our next trip to San Diego on the availability of this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
4.8 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Casa de Reyes
Nearest Ferry
5.6 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
River Run Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak, San Diego
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Interstate 8 and 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Casa de Reyes
Nearest Beach
5.5 Miles
Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Mission Hills is a charming residential neighborhood. Great place to take long walks or runs. It is within walking distance to Old town, other local eateries, and shops!

ALSO: Follow this link for information about Monarch butterflies in Presido Park! http://www.monarchprogram.org/presido-park-san-diego/

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Rates & Availability

Old Town Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
summer
Jul 24 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,645
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $80

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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